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Oracle News
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Oracle Business Intelligence 12c Helps Organizations Boost Their Digital Transformation Through Agile Visual Analytics
Major Release Delivers Unmatched Levels of Visual Simplicity, Business Agility and Scalable Performance
Oracle announced the general availability of Oracle Business Intelligence 12c (BI 12c), designed to deliver an entirely new experience for blending and visually analyzing any data in an enterprise-scale analytics platform. The foundation of Oracle's analytics offerings, Oracle BI 12c allows people across the organization to leverage a single integrated platform for self-service, visual data discovery and quickly find answers to pressing business questions while in the office or on the go.
Oracle Introduces Oracle Knowledge Advanced Cloud to Meet Customer Demands for Modern, Multi-Channel Customer Service and Support
Oracle's new cloud solution enables global organizations to significantly improve customer experiences and reduce support costs
Oracle launched Oracle Knowledge Advanced, a new cloud solution within the Oracle Service Cloud that helps organizations deliver a better customer experience, while reducing overall customer support costs. Fully integrated into Oracle Service Cloud, the new cloud-based knowledge management solution enables organizations worldwide to effectively create and refine their knowledge assets to deliver a seamless cross-channel customer experience in 33 languages for both end customers and contact center agents.
IT - AI
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The Next Big Challenge for Chipmakers Is AI
Fortune, November 12th, 2015
"Artificial intelligence is the next big frontier in technology. While we're still riding the wave of hype wrought by big data and connected sensors that has led to constant coverage of the Internet of things tech giants ranging from IBM to Facebook have been investing in ways to make the coming information overload manageable. IBM calls it cognitive computing. Facebook and Google call it machine learning or artificial intelligence.

No matter what you call it, it is inevitable..."

Microsoft rolls out open source toolkit for machine learning
InfoWorld, November 12th, 2015
"Hot on the heels of Google releasing an open source machine learning framework, Microsoft has released a similar project called DMLT (Distributed Machine Learning Toolkit). It simplifies machine learning work across distributed systems by allowing models to be trained (a core component of machine learning) on multiple nodes at once..."
Can Artificial Intelligence Influence Human Behavior? A Trial will Find Out
IT World, November 5th, 2015
"Researchers in Singapore this week began a two-year trial of a smartphone app that attempts to use artificial intelligence to influence the real-world decisions of users.

The test is centered on shopping malls, sports stadiums and major events and will try to reduce congestion at peak times by convincing people to change or delay their travel..."

    Machine learning - An introduction for programmers
    jaxenter, November 13th, 2015
    "If you search Google Scholar for 'machine learning', it returns over 1,800,000 publications. As the buzz around this technology grows, so too does its complexity. Sebastian Raschka, author of Packt's 'Python Machine Learning', introduces us to the three types of machine learning.

    This introduction to Machine Learning is taken from the Packt title Python Machine Learning..."

    Google launches open-source machine-learning system TensorFlow
    VentureBeat, November 9th, 2015
    "Google has built and launched a new machine-learning system called TensorFlow, making it available for any developer through an online open-source library.

    Google's existing machine-learning infrastructure, known as DistBelief, has hitherto been used internally at Google to do things like identify and automatically label items contained within YouTube videos and photos, as well as improve speech recognition in Google apps..."

    SPARC
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    Webcast replays: SuperCluster M7 & T7/M7
    By Cinzia Mascanzoni
    Cinzia writes, "Catch replays of two OPN webcasts that provided an overview of SuperCluster M7 and T7/M7. In these sessions, we discussed product overviews with emphasis on sales positioning & opportunities, as well as OPN resources to help with your selling efforts..."
    Virtual HBA in Oracle VM Server for SPARC
    By Jeff Savit
    Jeff writes, "Oracle VM Server for SPARC 3.3 was released on October 26 during Oracle OpenWorld. This release added an important new feature, virtual HBA (vHBA), which adds flexibility and relieves prior limitations of virtual I/O without sacrificing performance. Oracle VM Server for SPARC supports both virtual I/O and physical I/O..."
    SPARC M7 Software In Silicon
    Webinar Replay Available
    "Beyond the hoopla and hype behind the release of Oracle servers based on the SPARC M7 chip, the Software in Silicon features are just flat out cool.

    There was a free webinar recorded yesterday which helps explain the real value of Software in Silicon to our current and potential customers. It's worth a look.

    Industry-leading price/performance, availability and security. And some nifty technology to boot!

    Virtualization
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    Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.0.10
    By The Oracle VirtualBox Team
    This release is a major improvement which include a large number of improvements and bug fixes.

    See all the details here with a complete list of bug fixes; here you can find all the links to download the software.

    IT - Storage
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    Storage Decisions experts opine on data storage industry
    SearchStorage, November 9th, 2015
    "Storage Decisions 2015 panel discusses future of disk and tape, and offers hints for dealing with cloud storage, flash and impact of recent events in the data storage industry.

    Storage Decisions 2015 in New York last week ended with a panel of experts who took attendees questions about storage technologies, strategies and vendors, and how it's affecting today's data storage industry..."

    The Private Cloud Offers a Good Use Case for Object Storage
    The Register, November 12th, 2015
    "If you've been paying attention to what's happening all around us, it's plain to see that as far as cloud computing is concerned we're still in a transitional phase. In most of the conversations, fast provisioning of computer resources and automated deployments take up all the time.

    But when you look at end user experience and satisfaction, or the quickest ROI, it's the private cloud storage that pulls in most of the enthusiasm and tangible results. Especially if the organisation is a traditional enterprise heading towards the mobile computing era..."

    Flash Storage: Is There a Tipping Point Anytime Soon?
    ZDnet, November 9th, 2015
    "Is flash reaching the point where 'It's nice to have' slides into 'I could not do without it'?

    The market for flash is hot and getting hotter. Last month when two of the largest data storage manufacturers, Western Digital and SanDisk announced their plans to merge, they predicted double-digit growth in solid state discs for the next five years and a 10 percent compound annual growth rate in the global NAND flash market..."

    Keep Sensitive Data Safe With These 5 Secure USB Drives
    ZDnet, November 9th, 2015
    "If you're running around Silicon Valley pitching your stealth startup and you need to keep data away from prying eyes, have a look at these five USB drives that use physical and electronic locks to protect your sensitive data..."
      FLUX
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      Monthly FLUX Meeting - Lightning Talks
      Tuesday, November 17th, 2015: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
      NSU - Ft. Lauderdale

      This month we will have several 10-15 minute lightning talks from members - that means you!If you have a talk, please bring it with you!

      Please register at meetup,com.

      John Mclaughlin

      IT - Technology
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      6 Exciting Technology Trends that Will Dominate 2016
      Business 2 Community, November 11th, 2015
      "All through 2015, we've seen some excellent showdowns of cool technologies. Be it home appliance, consumer electronics or handheld platform, fancy devices never stopped entertaining us.

      We've come to the end of 2015, and it seems there's more on the horizon. Some technological advancements that are in the nascent stage right now will grow up, and some yet-to-be automation tools will be introduced. My guess is 2016 will see many of them being showcased..."

        Carbon Nanotubes In a Race Against Time to Replace Silicon
        ComputerWorld, November 10th, 2015
        "Nascent carbon nanotube chip technology may save the computer industry from silicon's presumed looming demise. Or it may not.

        The interplay of size and time may make carbon nanotubes the answer to the computer industry's prayers as it grapples with pressure to make silicon chips ever-smaller. Or the same factors may turn CNTs into a technological dead end..."

          Longer-Lasting, 3D Solid-State Batteries could Displace Lithium-Ion
          ComputerWorld, November 5th, 2015
          "A battery that can hold five times or more energy capacity than existing lithium-ion batteries could be in users' hands as early as next year.

          Prieto Battery, a startup, has developed a 3D solid-state battery structure based on new materials that can hold more lithium ions than current batteries. The new battery will also be less flammable, charge faster and shaped to fit into wearables and PCs as well as larger products like solar panels, said Amy Prieto, founder of Prieto Battery..."

            IT - Bitcoin
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            Circle's CEO Jeremy Allaire Defends the Bitcoin Blockchain
            Bitcoin Magazine, November 10th, 2015
            "Banks, financial service providers, venture capitalists, and even governments, are showing more and more interest in blockchain technology. Venture capital money is flowing into blockchain companies, banks, credit card companies are experimenting with blockchain-related pilot projects, and public administrations are taking a more active role not only in regulating blockchain-based services, but also in stimulating the development of blockchain-related fintech and startups..."
              Three Startups Trying to Transform the Music Industry Using the Blockchain
              Bitcoin Magazine, November 13th, 2015
              "Music was once scarce. Before the days of MP3 and P2P file sharing, you didn't have the ability to hear songs whenever you wished unless you bought them.

              Today one does not even need to download songs, as platforms such as VEVO and YouTube host many of the most popular songs of yesterday and today..."

                DOJ Holds Digital Currency Summit with Government Agencies and Bitcoin Organizations
                Bitcoin Magazine, November 11th, 2015
                "In an effort to create more dialogue between regulators, law enforcement, and digital currency companies and organizations, the U.S. Department of Justice convened a seminar at the Federal Reserve Bank in San Francisco.

                According to a statement released by the DOJ, the summit included 'approximately 175 government and industry participants, including representatives of federal and state law enforcement and regulatory agencies, digital currency and blockchain companies and organizations, and other technology companies and financial institutions.'

                Visa Europe Announces Blockchain Remittance Proof-of-Concept
                CoinDesk, November 12th, 2015
                "Visa Europe has announced it is working on a proof-of-concept for a blockchain-based remittance service.

                Created through Visa Europe Collab, the trade organization's innovation initiative, the proof-of-concept is being built in collaboration with Epiphyte, an enterprise blockchain services firm that recently graduated from San Mateo incubator Boost VC..."

                Blockchain & Wall Street: The New Partnership?
                NEWSBTC, November 10th, 2015
                "Recently, it was estimated that the Financial Industry would be investing in over $1bn in Blockchain Technology by the end of this year and investment will continue at this pace well into 2016. Blockchain holds the promise of more fluid and safer transactions and the traditional financial institutions are investing heavily and creating divisions geared towards maximizing the opportunity Blockchain presents..."
                  Authority in Bitcoin: What Role Does It Play?
                  NEWSBTC, November 14th, 2015
                  "In case you weren't aware, Bitcoiners hate authority. It is the central thing we want to avoid in finance, as well as any other industry that can be placed on the blockchain. We consider it inefficient, immoral, and just plain wrong.

                  This makes sense for an anarcho-libertarian movement, but even anarchists have people they listen to..."

                    IT - FOSS
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                    The open source model works for eLearning business
                    opensouce.com, November 10th, 2015
                    "Opinions vary on whether open source companies can make money, thrive, and truly compete with their proprietary counterparts. As a CEO and co-founder of an open source company, I am frequently challenged to reflect on our strategy, company ethos, and commercial risks we undertake - not only on behalf of the shareholders, but also our employees, partners, and customers..."
                    WordPress now powers 25% of the Web
                    VentureBeat, November 8th, 2015
                    "One in four websites is now powered by WordPress.

                    Today is a big day for the free and open-source content management system (CMS). To be perfectly clear, the milestone figure doesn't represent a fraction of all websites that have a CMS: WordPress now powers 25 percent of the Web..."

                    Let me tell you about Wireshark 2.0
                    Wireshark.org, November 6th, 2015
                    Wireshark is the world's foremost network protocol analyzer. It lets you see what's happening on your network at a microscopic level. It is the de facto (and often de jure) standard across many industries and educational institutions.

                    Wireshark development thrives thanks to the contributions of networking experts across the globe. It is the continuation of a project that started in 1998.

                    We're getting ready to release Wireshark 2.0, which includes a major user interface update...

                      Solaris
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                      Oracle Solaris Cluster Manager:
                      Setting Up Geo Disaster Recovery Orchestration
                      Oracle Solaris Cluster Manager (Cluster Manager) provides a way to set up and administer disaster recovery (DR) orchestration starting in Oracle Solaris Cluster 4.3. Prior to this version, DR orchestration could be administered only by using the command line interface (CLI). The Cluster Manager browser interface makes it easier by providing a user-friendly way of doing it, with either clicks or by typing in the user-defined fields, eliminating the need to memorize the commands and the sub-commands. Providing inline and online help, Cluster Manager also eliminates potential errors by doing appropriate checks...
                      IT - DevOps
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                      4 DevOps strategies to stop your application having sand kicked in its face
                      devops.com, November 13th, 2015
                      "While recently thumbing through some old comic books, I got a laugh from all the quirky advertisements. Fantastic promotions of awesome gadgets - like x-ray specs and radio wrist watches. Each designed to extract a gullible kid's hard earned allowance. Of course they were all too good to be true and probably left many kids disappointed - and maybe like me, just a tad cynical..."
                        IoT brings on development demands that DevOps manages best, say experts
                        IT-Director.com, November 12th, 2015
                        "The next BriefingsDirect DevOps thought leadership discussion explores how continuous processes around the development and deployment of applications are both impacted by -- and a benefit to -- the Internet of Things (IoT) trend.

                        To help better understand the relationship between DevOps and a plethora of new end-devices and data please welcome Gary Gruver, consultant, author and a former IT executive who has led many large-scale IT transformation projects, and John Jeremiah, Technology Evangelist at Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), on Twitter at @j_jeremiah. The discussion is moderated by me, Dana Gardner, Principal Analyst at Interarbor Solutions..."

                        Agile Infrastructure: Because your Infrastructure Deserves Tests, Too
                        devops.com, November 13th, 2015
                        "While recently thumbing through some old comic books, I got a laugh from all the quirky advertisements. Fantastic promotions of awesome gadgets - like x-ray specs and radio wrist watches. Each designed to extract a gullible kid's hard earned allowance. Of course they were all too good to be true and probably left many kids disappointed - and maybe like me, just a tad cynical..."
                          Healthcare.gov changed conversation around DevOps and technology in Washington
                          SiliconANGLE , November 11th, 2015
                          "The notorious, rickety launch of Healthcare.gov frustrated countless Americans and embarrassed the president and his aides. But it also served as a call-to-action for Washington, said Paula Thrasher, application delivery lead at Computer Sciences Corp. (CSC). The D.C.-area IT company works intimately with many government organizations to make programs and applications accessible to government employees and the public...."
                          The DevOps Dilemma
                          ITProPortal, November 11th, 2015
                          "At a time when the speed of application development is vital to commercial success, the DevOps methodology - based on communication, collaboration, integration and automation - has become one of the biggest IT moves around.

                          However, it's more than just a business philosophy; to do it right requires genuine infrastructure investment and development..."

                          9 more open source DevOps tools we love
                          devops.com, November 13th, 2015
                          "While we have been building our SaaS company, we have been investing much time in researching and deciding which tools to include in our DevOps toolkit. We've based these decisions on our years of experience in the IT industry, dealing with infrastructure for the most part. From building a petabyte-scale, data analytics infrastructure, our architecture, tools, and processes have become key components of our technology and operations. We've taken great care in selecting, benchmarking and constantly improving our tool selection..."
                          Linux
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                          Learn About Using DTrace with Oracle Linux
                          By Antoinette O'Sullivan
                          actions at probe points are defined by commands and scripts written in the D language.

                          To learn about using DTrace with Oracle Linux, view this video...

                          Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 3 Quarterly Update 7
                          By Michele Casey
                          Michele Casey writes, "We are pleased to announce the availability of the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 3 Quarterly Update 7 (UEKR3U7) for Oracle Linux 6 and Oracle Linux 7. This is the seventh quarterly update release for UEK Release 3 (Version 3.8.13-118) and includes driver updates and a consolidation of fixes for bugs and security issues.

                          Some notable highlights include:

                          • For Oracle Linux 7 installations, support has been included for network teaming, which includes active-backup, broadcast, load-balancing and round-robin modes
                          • Continued enhancements for Linux containers including the introduction of the new LXC flag --privileged=rt which allows the administrator the ability to run real-time processes
                          • Support for Intel Broadwell processors
                          • Xen improvements, including updates to netfront and netback drivers
                          • Device driver updates

                          Read on for details.

                          IT - Cloud
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                          Reduce Hybrid Cloud Latency with these Five Tips
                          Search Cloud Computing, November 9th, 2015
                          "With the right workload design and infrastructure changes, organizations can minimize latency and boost hybrid cloud performance.

                          Hybrid clouds are a popular way to extend local data centers, giving businesses more flexibility for workload balancing and management. Hybrid clouds allow businesses to burst or migrate workloads to the public cloud when additional computing resources are needed, and to prepare for disasters through redundant workload architectures. But it takes a network to connect private and public clouds, and networks experience unavoidable latency that can cause hybrid cloud performance to suffer.

                          Here are five ways your business can reduce hybrid cloud latency and maintain top-notch performance..."

                          Cloud-Knackered Disease: The Effects of the Data Breach Epidemic
                          Network World, November 9th, 2015
                          "Cloud-Knackered N. A state of exhaustion after too many cloud sites expose one's personal and private data. See: Experian/T-Mobile, Anthem, GPM, etc.

                          Becoming Cloud-Knackered is the process of having a key cloud provider knocked-over for your vitals, then a spree to see what kind of mayhem can be foisted. The chances are now better than even that your own data has been exposed in this way..."

                            8 Biggest Cloud Mistakes Companies Make
                            NetworkComputing, November 8th, 2015
                            "Moving to the cloud is serious business, and shouldn't be taken lightly. Today, many companies are opting to move daily online business activities to the cloud for its convenience, agility and cost-saving options.

                            According to a recent report by Harvard Business Review and Verizon, 84% of the IT and business executives polled said their use of cloud had increased in the past year, with 39% reporting it increased significantly. Another 40% said the cloud had increased their revenue, and 36% said it had increased their profit margin..."

                              Containers could Breathe New Life into Old Apps
                              Search Cloud Computing, November 10th, 2015
                              "Containers are viewed as the simplest path for moving traditional data center apps to public clouds, but IT admins should prepare for the Donkey Kong barrels that are sure to trip them up along the way.

                              Containers could be the bridge that connects traditional enterprise data centers to public cloud, if IT professionals can make networking and other infrastructure challenges fall into place.

                              Containers were a major focus of a panel discussion on hybrid cloud services and split application architecture at the Open Networking User Group at New York University last week. A split application architecture promises scale-out microservices in public clouds, but connects back to the private data center for scale-up services, such as databases..."

                              It's Not You, It's Me: Sharing the Responsibility for Cloud Security
                              Data Center Journal, November 11th, 2015
                              "Despite the rapid growth of cloud services, security is still the number-one concern for business owners moving their workloads to the cloud. Much has been documented about the financial, technical and efficiency advantages of moving business-critical applications to the cloud and the impact it has on how products and services are developed, purchased and consumed. But a lot of debate remains about whether cloud infrastructure is more or less secure than managing applications in on-premise data centers...."
                              IT - CxO
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                              Need for Cyber-Insurance Heats Up, But the Market Remains Immature
                              CIO, November 9th, 2015
                              "CIOs are scrambling to purchase cyber-insurance, but the need may be outpacing a market that continues to evolve in the face of significant cyberattacks.

                              Spurred by the rash of high-profile hacks, companies are purchasing cyber-insurance to protect themselves from the financial liability associated with data loss and business disruption. But the still-maturing market for cyber-insurance remains fraught with loopholes and inconsistencies, and suffers from a shortage of qualified staff who can properly assess cybersecurity profiles, experts and CIOs say..."

                                7 Tips to Becoming a Successful CISO (slideshow)
                                CSO Online, November 11th, 2015
                                "While success is gauged different in every job, there are similar strands that run through each opportunity. Todd Bell, who is an international expert and leading speaker on preventing security breaches for new start-ups to Global Fortune 500 companies, looks back at his years in the security industry and offers up these seven tactics that will help you stay atop the field.

                                As a CIO & CISO, Bell has made a global impact for safeguarding millions of consumers information around the globe when utilizing his established enterprise security architecture and finding security vulnerabilities within an enterprise.

                                He is also the architect & inventor of the Bell Security Enterprise Security Architecture method that streamlines cybersecurity controls as a virtual overlay onto an existing company infrastructure without having to move any systems..."

                                5 Ways To Tell If You're a Micromanager
                                Fast Company, November 10th, 2015
                                "When it comes to managing employees, striking the balance between hands-on and micromanaging can be tough. After all, you want to be sure that employees 'get it' and that the work is being done well. What's the harm in making sure?

                                It could be more than you think. A 2014 survey by staffing giant Accountemps found that nearly 60% of employees interviewed said they had worked for a micromanager at some point, and that it decreased their morale (68%) and hurt their productivity (55%)..."

                                  10 Skills CIOs Need to Survive, Thrive In 2016 (slideshow)
                                  InformationWeek, November 11th, 2015
                                  "CIOs need to shift perspectives and skill sets for the business transformation underway. So, what's the profile of the successful CIO in 2016?

                                  Cloud services, mobile devices, and the always-on Internet have shifted the way business is done today. Not only can customers can access research at their fingertips wherever they are, but they want instant service, and if your company can't provide it, they will find another company that can in seconds..."

                                  Hiring Wisdom: Top 10 Ways to Guarantee You Hire the Wrong Person
                                  TLNT, November 9th, 2015
                                  "Here are 10 ways to guarantee that your best people will quit:

                                  10. Treat everyone equally. This may sound good, but your employees are not equal. Some are worth more because they produce more results. The key is not to treat them equally, it is to treat them all fairly.

                                  ..."

                                    IT - Wireless
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                                    Five Things You Should Know about Unlicensed LTE
                                    PC World, November 5th, 2015
                                    "The idea of cell networks sharing channels with Wi-Fi has raised some alarms...

                                    • It's the spectrum that's unlicensed, not the LTE.
                                    • Unlicensed LTE should improve cell service.
                                    • Some Wi-Fi companies think it will slow down wireless LANs.
                                    • Some experts think Wi-Fi will be fine.
                                    • It's probably just a matter of time before the two sides make a deal.

                                    Read on for details...

                                    IT - PM
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                                    Think Your IT Project Is a Disaster? These'll Make You Feel Better
                                    ComputerWorld, November 10th, 2015
                                    "Pro tip: You know there's a problem when all your users show up for work wearing red

                                    There are many ways to gauge satisfaction with a new computer system, but when the people who have to use it show up for work wearing red and declare it "Code Red" day, you probably don't need to bother with a survey..."

                                      IT - Networks
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                                      7 Ways Hackers can Use Wi-Fi Against You (slideshow)
                                      ComputerWorld, November 9th, 2015
                                      "Wi-Fi - oh so convenient, yet oh so dangerous. Here are seven ways you could be giving away your identity through a Wi-Fi connection and what to do instead.

                                      • Using free hotspots
                                      • Banking online -Keeping Wi-Fi on all the time
                                      • Not using a firewall
                                      • Browsing unencrypted websites
                                      • Not updating your security software
                                      • Not securing your home Wi-Fi

                                      Read on for details

                                      Why SDN is Gaining Traction in the Enterprise
                                      Search SDN, November 9th, 2015
                                      "Software-defined networking isn't just for carriers, cloud providers and hyper-scale Web companies. Instead of asking "Why SDN?", some mainstream enterprises are asking 'Why not?'

                                      When Bruce Perrin first started shopping for software-defined networking (SDN) technology nearly seven years ago, he didn't know what it was called. He didn't even know for sure that it existed..."

                                      U.S. Readies for Space Storms that Could Crash Critical Networks
                                      ComputerWorld, November 6th, 2015
                                      "The U.S. is making preparations to protect communications and transportation systems from potentially dangerous space weather events.

                                      Last month, the National Science and Technology Council released the National Space Weather Action Plan, a road map developed to prepare for a weather event in space that could disrupt electric power systems, satellites, telecommunications, navigation, aircraft, space launches and the International Space Station..."

                                        Is 'Private' Enterprise WiFi Obsolete?
                                        InformationWeek, November 10th, 2015
                                        "Private enterprise WiFi arose during the time of strong network perimeters and weak internal security. It's now time to rethink.

                                        This is going to be completely obvious to digital natives, and a gigantic ambush to about everybody else: Internal, private enterprise wireless is mostly irrelevant.

                                        Here's why..."

                                        How Secure Can Your Router Get?
                                        ComputerWorld, November 10th, 2015
                                        "Speed sells. Every router review is focused on speed. When they discuss signal strength, its only because it increases the speed. There may be a brief mention of other features, but the undeniable focus is on speed.

                                        Why migrate from WiFi G to N? Speed. Why upgrade from N to ac? More speed.

                                        To a Defensive Computing blogger this is terribly wrong. The security of a router is far more important than its speed..."

                                        IT - IoT
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                                        IoT goes above and below ground to make cities healthier
                                        ComputerWorld, November 13th, 2015
                                        "Smart cities could become healthier cities as the Internet of Things learns to gauge conditions from the sky to the sewer.

                                        Fledgling IoT teams working above and below ground came out for the Re.Work Connect Summit conference in San Francisco on Thursday. Both say they can help cities understand and anticipate issues that affect human health. With smaller devices and smarter analytics, they're improving upon the systems that have been testing urban conditions for years..."

                                        Wine Cellars, Security, and Standards: Vint Cerf on IoT
                                        InfoWorld, November 9th, 2015
                                        "The 'father of the Internet' has rigged a slick IoT system for his wine collection, but questions of standards and interoperability will dog developers in the outside world

                                        As the "father of the Internet," Vint Cerf is more plugged in than most, but even he doesn't have all the answers when it comes to securing the Internet of things..."

                                        Gartner: IoT services, connected 'things' to surge in 2016
                                        SearchCIO, November 13th, 2015
                                        "The IoT services boom is on, says Gartner. What does that mean for CIOs? Also in Searchlight: Four indicted in last year's JP Morgan hack; Google's self-driving car pulled over.

                                        In its latest forecast, Gartner Inc. predicts that nearly 6.4 billion connected "things" will be in use in 2016, up 30% from 2015.

                                        According to Gartner, the enterprise will shell out a total of $868 billion on Internet of Things (IoT) next year on cross-industry and vertical-specific connected things -- everything from smart light bulbs and HVACs to hospital monitors and trackers..."

                                        Approaching security in IoT
                                        GIGAOM, November 9th, 2015
                                        "It seems that the 50 billion connected devices by 2020 figure has become a shorthand for describing just how much the networking of the physical world will and is changing our lives. But while some are excited by that prospect, those in security circles see an enormous challenge - now there are 50 billion access points that are hackable and that connect to higher value targets..."
                                        IT - Linux
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                                        Linux Foundation Announces OpenHPC Collaborative Project
                                        InsideHPC, November 12th, 2015
                                        "The Linux Foundation announced plans to form the OpenHPC Collaborative Project. This project will provide a new, open source framework to support the world's most sophisticated HPC environments...

                                        For more than four decades, High Performance Computing has been used by universities and research centers for large-scale modeling and calculations required in meteorology, astronomy, engineering and nuclear physics, among others..."

                                        5 game changing open source projects (slideshow)
                                        ITWorld, November 13th, 2015
                                        "In the era of mobile and cloud, we are becoming consumers of our own data and the companies whose services we use are becoming the owners.

                                        These five technologies or projects ensure that we remain in charge of our digital lives..."

                                          IT - Operations
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                                          10 Reasons Data Centers Fail
                                          NetworkComputing, November 10th, 2015
                                          "Operators sometimes make common mistakes that can lead to data center outages. Most outages can be avoided through proper maintenance, procedures, and common sense.

                                          An 'unplanned data center outage' is a polite way to say that a data center failed. Whether the root cause is a hardware failure, software bug, or human error, most failures can -- and should -- be prevented. With the high level of redundancy built into today's data center architectures, prevention is very much possible..."

                                            These Data Centers are Insanely Gorgeous (slideshow)
                                            TechRepublic, November 5th, 2015
                                            "More than just row upon row of whirring information-storage obelisks, today's repositories of zeroes and ones take data center design to the next level.

                                            For example: Proving that Sweden can be not only cold but also cool, this hip underground data bunker run by internet service provider Bahnhof looks like it could survive a hydrogen bomb..."

                                              Top data center industry trends to fuel the data centers of 2016
                                              SearchDataCenter, November 13th, 2015
                                              "Data center industry trends include managers who don't just manage servers, storage and networking, but instead manage 'hybrid IT.'

                                              The future data center will continue to be hybrid -- not just part of a hybrid cloud.

                                              Coordinating a vast landscape of people and infrastructure will soon be a regular part of data center managers' jobs, one of the many changes predicted by IDC for 2016 and beyond..."

                                              IT - Security
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                                              What Flu Season Can Teach Us about Fighting Cyberattacks
                                              Dark Reading, November 6th, 2015
                                              "Cybersecurity doesn't have to be an arms race towards complexity if we put people front and center of the solution.

                                              Every winter there is an outbreak of flu. The virus evolves rapidly and mutates. Annually the flu causes three to five million cases of severe illness and the death toll can reach half a million people. Serious pandemics like the Asian Flu, Hong Kong Flu, and Spanish Flu each claimed more than a million lives..."

                                                Most Employees are Not Malicious, But Their Carelessness Can be Just As Damaging
                                                HelpNet Security, November 6th, 2015
                                                "The results of a new Loudhouse survey show a disconnect between employees and IT within an organization with 73 percent of U.S. employees believing their company provides sufficient training on how to protect sensitive information, while 72 percent of IT professional believe that employers are not doing enough to educate employees.

                                                This research underscores the need for more collaboration between the executive team, IT, HR and other employees within an organization to ensure the safety of sensitive information and intellectual property (IP)..."

                                                  Why Threat Intelligence Feels Like A Game Of Connect Four
                                                  Dark Reading, November 10th, 2015
                                                  "In real life, solving the cybersecurity puzzle has many challenges. But shared wisdom and community defense models are making it easier to connect the dots.

                                                  You know Connect Four -- that plastic game with the vertical grid where you drop checker pieces until you get four in a row? With two good players it's deceptively simple. You have to keep your eye on all possible permutations while plotting several moves ahead..."

                                                    What the Boardroom Thinks about Data Breach Liability
                                                    Dark Reading, November 6th, 2015
                                                    "Most public companies subscribe to cybersecurity insurance of some sort, and 90% say third-party software vendors should be held liable for vulnerabilities in their code.

                                                    Most US publicly traded companies now employ cybersecurity insurance to protect them from liability fallout, and 90% believe regulators should hold companies liable for breaches if they didn't properly secure their data..."

                                                      The Transformative Technology Security Nightmare
                                                      HelpNet Security, November 9th, 2015
                                                      "They say that every silver lining comes with a cloud attached and that's certainly true of today's transformative technologies. CEOs and the board rightly see BYOD, Cloud and IoT initiatives as a gateway to a world of increased productivity and growth. But for IT and information security departments that same gateway leads somewhere quite different: to a networked environment littered with security vulnerabilities..."
                                                      The Biggest Misconception about Information Security
                                                      Information Management, November 10th, 2015
                                                      "Over the years, the role of information security teams has evolved from primarily a user access management and security operations function, to a holistic information risk management function.

                                                      This has led to significant changes in the portfolio of activities that fall under the Chief Information Security Officer's umbrella. However, it's still common for business executives to be uninformed of all the information risks affecting their enterprise and how these risks may impede business objectives..."

                                                      10 Reasons Why Phishing Attacks are Nastier Than Ever
                                                      InfoWorld, November 9th, 2015
                                                      "Phishing emails have been the scourge of the computer world for decades, defeating even our best efforts to combat them. Most of us can easily spot them by their subject lines and delete without even opening. If we're not entirely sure and end up opening them, we can immediately identify a phishing attempt by its overly formal greetings, foreign origins, misspellings, and overly solicitous efforts to send us millions of unearned dollars or to sell us dubious products. Most of the time, phishing attempts are a minor menace we solve with a Delete key..."
                                                        Are You Overlooking Tokenization as a Data Security Measure?
                                                        Network World, November 6th, 2015
                                                        "As a security technology that obfuscates clear text data, tokenization is the red-headed stepchild compared to encryption. That's changing, however, as tokenization has a key role in enabling mobile payment systems such as Apple Pay, Samsung Pay and Android Pay. If you use any of these smartphone-based payment applications, tokenization is already at work for you..."
                                                        IT - Careers
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                                                        Why You Should Never Make Or Take Job Counter Offers
                                                        Forbes, November 11th. 2015
                                                        George Bradt writes in Forbes, "Job counter offers are lame attempts to correct past omissions and are almost never successful. Either people don't take them or they do take them and end up leaving relatively quickly thereafter. Along the way, they throw the rest of the organization off balance. Of course they work every-so-once in awhile. But the odds of success are so small that you're better off skipping the whole thing and devoting your time and attention to preventing the need for them in the first place..."
                                                        IT - Virtualization
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                                                        The Storage Requirements for 100% Virtualization
                                                        Storage-Switzerland, November 6th, 2015
                                                        "After a rapid move from test to production, virtualization of existing servers in many companies seems to slow down. While it is true that most data centers have adopted a virtualize first philosophy, getting those older, mission critical workloads virtualized seems to be a thorny issue. These applications are often at the heart of an organization's revenue or customer interaction and tend to be unpredictable in the resources they require. This is especially true when it comes to storage and networking..."
                                                        Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.0.10 Released
                                                        Oracle, November 10th, 2015
                                                        Oracle has released VirtualBox 5.0 Maintenance Release 10.

                                                        This release is a major improvement which include a large number of improvements and bug fixes.

                                                        See all the details here with a complete list of bug fixes; here you can find all the links to download the software.

                                                        IT - Email
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                                                        TPP Revealed: What The Trade Deal Means For Online Copyright
                                                        InfoWorld, November 5th, 2015
                                                        "One month after signing the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement, the U.S. and New Zealand governments have published the full trade treaty, including details of what ISPs must do to defend others' copyrights.

                                                        The deal sets out to reshape trade relations between countries including the U.S., Australia, Canada, Japan, Mexico, and New Zealand..."

                                                          IT - Database
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                                                          How Big Data Is Changing the Database Landscape for Good
                                                          PC World, November 10th, 2015
                                                          "Mention the word "database," and most people think of the venerable RDBMS that has dominated the landscape for more than 30 years. That, however, may soon change.

                                                          A whole crop of new contenders are now vying for a piece of this key enterprise market, and while their approaches are diverse, most share one thing in common: a razor-sharp focus on big data.

                                                          Much of what's driving this new proliferation of alternatives is what's commonly referred to as the "three V's" underlying big data: volume, velocity and variety..."

                                                          IT - Big Data
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                                                          The Impact Data Has on Making Informed Marketing Decisions
                                                          Business 2 Community, November 8th, 2015
                                                          "The Internet is full of common-sense ideas about marketing these days. Everyone has advice about the best way to market your business, from your mom to your neighbor to that guy who just started working over in Accounting (sorry, Accounting Guy; no hard feelings).

                                                          Marketing is a profession full of creative people doing creative things, so it's natural to imagine that every idea that seems sufficiently creative is a great idea. But is it?..."

                                                            Categorizing Numeric Variables -- a Cautionary Tale
                                                            Information Management, November 11th, 2015
                                                            "Eight years ago, while attending UseR! 2007, the international R user group meeting held that year in Ames, Iowa, I had the opportunity to participate in an intense tutorial on regression modeling strategies conducted by Vanderbilt professor Frank Harrell. It was a terrific class, for me combining a well-timed review with a wealth of never-seen material. Three takeaways from Frank's lectures I've always kept close are to be attentive to both non-linearity and interaction effects among independent variables, and to be wary of categorizing continuous, numeric attributes..."
                                                              What Good Data can Do
                                                              Business 2 Community, November 8th, 2015
                                                              "Data is everywhere, but what are we doing with it? How are big data technologies being applied to real-word scenarios to improve and inform our communities, health, financial systems and more?

                                                              Here are 5 powerful uses we've identified just this year:.."

                                                              Top 10 Priorities for a Successful Hadoop Implementation
                                                              TechRepublic, November 11th, 2015
                                                              "Hadoop adoption is up, and TDWI says it will be a common enterprise tool within five years. These best practices help organizations get the most out of Hadoop.

                                                              A best practices survey from TDWI reports a considerable increase in how many enterprises plan to have Hadoop clusters in production. By Q1 2016, 60% of survey respondents will be in production, up from 16% when the report was published earlier this year. Further strengthening Hadoop's future as an enterprise tool, only 6% of organizations have ruled out Hadoop, down from 27% in 2012..."

                                                                Big Data Investments Pay Off Big, but Oh Those Costs
                                                                Information Management, November 9th, 2015
                                                                "Big data investments are paying off in a big way this year, with organizations that are investing in the 'big-four' technology trends experiencing up to 53 percent higher revenue growth.

                                                                The big-four tech trends are, of course, big data, mobile technology, cloud computing, and IT security. According to the newly released Global Technology Adoption Index from Dell, investments in those areas are definitely leading to improvements in efficiencies and organizational growth.

                                                                But cost remains a major barrier to implementation for many organizations, the study revealed..."

                                                                IT - Mobile
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                                                                Don't Bother: Why You don't Want to Wirelessly Charge Your Smartphone
                                                                How To Geek, November 12th, 2015
                                                                "Wireless charging is overrated - at least in its current form. The dream of wireless power sounds great, but current wireless charging technologies are more 'plugless' than 'wireless.' They're also less convenient, slower, and less-efficient than just plugging your phone in.

                                                                Let's be honest: Wireless chargers are more interesting as a proof of concept and a glimpse at future technologies than they are practical. When you charge your smartphone, you'll want to plug it in with a cable..."

                                                                  US Regulator Shoots down 'Do Not Track' Requirement
                                                                  IT News, November 9th, 2015
                                                                  "The US Federal Communications Commission has rejected a petition that would have compelled website owners to respect do not track (DNT) privacy requests from their users.

                                                                  DNT comprises a proposed internet standard header for outgoing HTTP requests, devised in 2009 by security researchers Chris Soghoian, Sid Stamm and Dan Kaminsky..."

                                                                  IT - BYOD
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                                                                  Half of U.S. Businesses Have No Formal BYOD Policy for Security
                                                                  ComputerWorld, November 12th, 2015
                                                                  "Years after the widespread adoption of workplace smartphones, more than half of U.S. companies said they have no formal BYOD (bring your own device) policy to safeguard their enterprises, according to a survey.

                                                                  The survey of 447 businesses of all sizes was conducted over the summer by systems integrator Champion Solutions Group. It found that 53% of those businesses haven't implemented a formal BYOD policy, while more than one-fourth confessed they have no systematic security approach, much less a formal policy..."

                                                                  Webinar: SecDevOps: The Marriage of SecOps and DevOps
                                                                  devops.com, November 13th, 2015
                                                                  "We're now seeing a new 'marriage' of SecOps and DevOps that is creating a whole new mentality for driving innovation inside and outside of organizations. DevOps and security teams are now actively collaborating as peers, rather than in the traditional requestor/approver relationship, and making a seat at the table for security professionals. With the rise of DevSecOps, we get to truly redefine how operations, engineering, and security can be brought together in harmony to achieve unparalleled success..."
                                                                  Why shadow BYOD is your next big problem
                                                                  FCW, November 13th, 2015
                                                                  "It's nearly impossible to find a recent article about federal cybersecurity that doesn't mention the Office of Personnel Management hack - and for good reason: It has raised some very serious questions about our nation's cybersecurity practices or, more accurately, the lack thereof.

                                                                  Without question, there is massive room for improvement. Yet recent discussions have all but overlooked one critical piece of the federal security puzzle: mobile devices..."

                                                                  Businesses move beyond the BYOD model
                                                                  Search Mobile Computing, November 11th, 2015
                                                                  "Enterprise mobility is no longer about just supporting employees' personal devices. Organizations are taking steps beyond adopting the BYOD model to embrace content and data management.

                                                                  When employees began bringing their own smartphones to work, IT admins hoped it would improve productivity and user satisfaction. It did, for the most part, but the BYOD trend also brought unforeseen consequences..."

                                                                  Top10
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                                                                  Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
                                                                  Vol 212 Issues 1, 2, 3 and 4; Vol 211 Issues 2, 3, 4 and 5
                                                                  We track how frequently each article is viewed on the web site to determine which the readers consider the most important. For last week, the top 10 articles were:

                                                                  • SPARC T7 and M7 with Oracle VM Server for SPARC 3.3
                                                                  • What I learned from Oracle OpenWorld 2015
                                                                  • Configuring a Data Service for Oracle VM Server for SPARC
                                                                  • Oracle VM 3.2.10
                                                                  • Oracle OpenWorld wrap-up: Announcements, proclamations, and promises
                                                                  • Why Midsize Companies Should Care About PaaS
                                                                  • Webinar: Why Software In Silicon?
                                                                  • 30% Discount: 'Beginning NetBeans IDE for Java Developers'
                                                                  • NetBeans Profiler 8.1
                                                                  • Oracle Continues To Expand Supply Chain Cloud Capabilities

                                                                  The longer version of this article has list of top ten articles for the last 8 weeks.

                                                                    IT - Server
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                                                                    How to Avoid a Data Center Overrun with Idle Servers
                                                                    IT World, November 10th, 2015
                                                                    "A third of data center servers are not productive. Here's why the problem exists, and what to do about it.

                                                                    You've undoubtedly read, or at least seen the articles talking about "comatose" servers, servers in data centers that don't do any work and just sit idle. A study from Stanford University professor Jonathan Koomey and Jon Taylor, a partner at the consulting firm Athensis Group found that up to 30% of all physical servers in data centers do nothing all day long and no one notices..."

                                                                      What Can You Do When You Can't chmod chmod?
                                                                      IT World, November 6th, 2015
                                                                      "An interesting question was posed recently in a discussion group. What would you do if the chmod command on a system that you manage lost its execute permissions? Well, you wouldn't exactly just chmod it back to its original state. So, what could you do?..."
                                                                        IT - Encryption
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                                                                        Self-Encrypting Drives are Hardly Any Better than Software-Based Encryption
                                                                        CIO, November 12th, 2015
                                                                        "Companies relying on self-encrypting drives (SEDs) to secure data stored on their employees' laptops should be aware that this technology is not immune to attack and should carefully consider whether they want to use this rather than software-based approaches.

                                                                        Daniel Boteanu and Kevvie Fowler from KPMG Canada demonstrated three data recovery methods against laptops using SEDs at the Black Hat Europe security conference in Amsterdam Thursday..."

                                                                        IT - Java
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                                                                        Cloud And Internet Of Things Fuel Java's Ongoing Momentum
                                                                        Forbes, November 14th, 2015
                                                                        "The JavaOne San Francisco 2015 Java developers' convention drew strong interest and provided meaningful information and interactions for its audience.

                                                                        Oracle, Java's parent company, announced a new offering for cloud-based Java services, entitled Java SE Cloud Service. It delivers not only Java but a host of open-source tools that are commonly used by Java developers. The offering reflects the growing importance of cloud computing in software development. Several sessions expanded on this theme, while many others provided information about the use of Java in the burgeoning Internet of Things space..."

                                                                        Java shines brightest in language popularity
                                                                        InfoWorld, November 9th, 2015
                                                                        "The enterprise platform again tops both the Tiobe and PyPL indexes thanks to changes that close the gap with functional programming languages

                                                                        Java's popularity keeps climbing and climbing.

                                                                        Once again, Java leads both the Tiobe and PyPL indexes. But this month, Java climbed above a 20 percent rating in the Tiobe index, which gauges popularity based on a formula that assesses searches on languages in multiple search engines..."

                                                                        NetBeans
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                                                                        NetBeans IDE 8.1 Plugins:
                                                                        HTML5 Palette and HTML WYSIWYG Editor
                                                                        Here are two more plugins Geertjan has made available for NetBeans IDE 8.1, specifically for working with HTML:

                                                                        Sources of the above, Mavenized and waiting to be forked:

                                                                        Both are in the process of being verified, once the community has completed that process, they will be available under Tools | Plugins. Until that moment, just go to the pages above, click Download, then go to Tools | Plugins and install the downloaded NBMs via the Download tab.

                                                                        The complete guide to tuning the appearance of NetBeans
                                                                        by Geertjan Wielenga
                                                                        Geertjan writes, "NetBeans IDE is comprehensive and powerful, though not always as pretty as you'd like it to be, which, in turn, can have an impact on the efficiency and enjoyment of your coding experience. Since there will never be one single appearance that will please absolutely everyone, it helps to know what you can do to make NetBeans pleasing to your own specific eye.

                                                                        The idea that there's ever going to be an out-of-the-box appearance, for any tool, that will please absolutely everyone in the world who uses it is a fallacy..."

                                                                        Nexenta News
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                                                                        Nexenta Joins Cisco Solution Partner Program and Achieves Cisco Compatibility Certification
                                                                        Nexenta Open Source-driven Software-Defined Storage Now Runs on Cisco Platforms; Joint Reference Architectures for Petabyte-scale Configurations
                                                                        Nexenta, the global leader in Open Source-Driven Software-Defined Storage announces that its NexentaStor 4 has successfully achieved Cisco compatibility certification with CISCO C240 M4. The Internet of Everything (IoE) continues to bring together people, processes, data and things to enhance the relevancy of network connections. As a member of the Cisco Solution Partner Program, Nexenta is able to quickly create and deploy solutions to enhance the capabilities, performance and management of the network to capture value in the IoE.

                                                                        Newly released joint reference architectures with Cisco UCS and NexentaStor can be used to evolve storage infrastructures with thousands of virtual machines running in the data center, that scale from tens of terabytes to petabyte configurations.

                                                                        Nexenta Receives 2015 Cloud Computing Magazine Award for Software-Defined Storage Innovation
                                                                        NexentaEdge Honored for Superior Container-based Scale-Out Block and Object Storage Services for Advanced Backup and Recovery
                                                                        Nexenta announced that TMC, a global, integrated media company, has named NexentaEdge as a 2015 Cloud Computing Backup and Disaster Recovery Award winner presented by TMC's Cloud Computing Magazine.

                                                                        The Cloud Computing Backup and Disaster Recovery Award recognizes technologies and vendors that have built cloud solutions that allow businesses small or large to remain active and productive under even the most challenging conditions, minimizing lost business opportunities.

                                                                        Veritas News
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                                                                        Symantec Wins ICARUS Award for Outstanding Event Sustainability Work!
                                                                        Veritas, November 12th, 2015
                                                                        Symantec received the ICARUS Outstanding Achievement Award from the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), the world's premier business travel and corporate meetings organization. The Professional Team Award was presented to Symantec and MCI for the collaborative sustainability work on the Symantec Vision EMEA 2014 user conference. ICARUS aims to recognize companies and industry professionals who can demonstrate leadership, innovation, creativity and a serious commitment to developing sustainable programs, products or services. The ICARUS project has grown to be one of the most widely known Corporate Sustainability program within the global business travel and meeting industry.
                                                                          Cisco News
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                                                                          Cisco Reports $12.7B First Quarter Earnings
                                                                          Cisco, November 12th, 2015
                                                                          Cisco, the worldwide leader in networking that transforms how people connect, communicate and collaborate, today reported its first quarter results for the period ended October 24, 2015. Cisco reported first quarter revenue of $12.7 billion, net income on a generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) basis of $2.4 billion or $0.48 per share, and non-GAAP net income of $3.0 billion or $0.59 per share.

                                                                          "Q1 was a very strong quarter. We are accelerating our ability to deliver on growth opportunities, aggressively driving our cloud business, and delivering continued strength in our deferred product revenue, as we sell more of our portfolio in software and cloud models," said Chuck Robbins, Cisco chief executive officer.

                                                                          Ericsson and Cisco Partner to Create the Networks of the Future
                                                                          Cisco, November 9th, 2015
                                                                          Ericsson and Cisco - two industry leaders in the development and delivery of networking, mobility, and cloud - announced a global business and technology partnership to create the networks of the future.

                                                                          The multi-faceted relationship will offer customers the best of both companies: routing, data center, networking, cloud, mobility, management and control, and global services capabilities. Together the companies plan to deliver customer value by:

                                                                          • Offering service provider customers an end-to-end product and services portfolio, and joint innovation that accelerates new business models,
                                                                          • Creating the mobile enterprise experience of the future through a highly secure technology architecture for seamless indoor/outdoor networks, and
                                                                          • Channeling the combined scale and innovation of both companies to accelerate the platforms and services needed to digitize countries and create the Internet of Things.

                                                                          In a world driven by mobility, cloud, and digitization, the networks of the future will require new design principles to ensure they are agile, autonomous, and highly secure.

                                                                          Dell News
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                                                                          Michael Dell talks EMC deal, leadership style, cyber attacks and how to prevent digital fear among companies
                                                                          City A.M., November 9th, 2015
                                                                          City A.M. writes, "Imagine striking the biggest tech deal of all time. Well, Michael Dell, founder of the eponymous tech company, is trying to do exactly that. Three weeks ago, the giant announced a $67bn bet on digital storage company EMC."

                                                                          "We believe that scale matters," says Dell. "We believe that converged infrastructure is real. The software-defined data centre is coming, and our new company is incredibly well-positioned for that."

                                                                          Dell Introduces New Future-Ready Servers to Help Small and Midsize Businesses Achieve Greater Business Success
                                                                          Dell, November 11th, 2015
                                                                          Dell announced the newest additions to its highly successful Dell PowerEdge 13th generation servers, helping small and midsize businesses (SMBs) prepare for future growth with the introduction of four new entry-level servers that provide greater performance, flexibility and efficiency.

                                                                          According to recent global research of IT decision makers, the top IT pain points of small and medium businesses (SMBs) around the globe include performance, hardware capacity and IT complexity(1). Designed with future growth in mind, the latest Dell PowerEdge servers address these specific pain points to help customers accelerate performance, adapt to changing application demands and attain greater operational efficiency.

                                                                          Microsoft News
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                                                                          Microsoft announces plans to offer cloud services from the UK
                                                                          Microsoft, November 10th, 2015
                                                                          Microsoft Corp. CEO Satya Nadella announced plans to offer commercial cloud services from the UK. Microsoft Azure and Office 365 will be generally available from local UK-based data centers in late 2016 with Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online following shortly thereafter. Built on foundational trusted cloud principles of security, privacy and control, compliance and transparency, these services will offer customers data residency in the UK, bringing world-class reliability and performance to government organisations, regulated industries and other businesses.

                                                                          Microsoft also announced completion of the latest phase of expansion for its data center facilities in Ireland and the Netherlands, both of which serve as cloud computing hubs for European customers. These new cloud offerings and expanded facilities will provide customers with more choice and increased opportunities to innovate more quickly, enabling growth for local economies.

                                                                          In the cloud we trust
                                                                          By Brad Smith - President and Chief Legal Officer
                                                                          Brad writes, "Jan. 21, 2015 was an interesting day.

                                                                          It was the day Microsoft invited a small group of tech journalists to its Redmond, Washington, headquarters for a big announcement. In the past, news this momentous might have been accompanied by a famous rock band or fireworks, but when Microsoft unveiled Windows 10 and HoloLens, they were in an intimate, coffeehouse-style room sipping coffee with house music playing in the background..."

                                                                          Symantec News
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                                                                          2015 Internet Security Threat Report, Volume 20
                                                                          2015 Internet Security Threat Report, Volume 20
                                                                          The Internet Security Threat Report provides an overview and analysis of the year in global threat activity. The report is based on data from the Symantec Global Intelligence Network, which Symantec's analysts use to identify, analyze, and provide commentary on emerging trends in the dynamic threat landscape.
                                                                          Cyber Security Services
                                                                          Symantec, November 12th, 2015
                                                                          Stay ahead of emerging threats and extend your team with our leading cyber threat experts for global threat and adversary intelligence, advanced threat monitoring, cyber readiness, and incident response

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                                                                          Shorten the time between detection and response, reducing operational costs, and proactively countering emerging threats

                                                                          IBM News
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                                                                          HCL and IBM to Develop Cloud Solutions to Enable Enterprise Digital Transformation
                                                                          IBM, November 12th, 2015
                                                                          IBM and HCL Technologies (HCL) a global IT service provider announced a strategic partnership to jointly build hybrid cloud solutions to help enterprises drive their digital transformations.

                                                                          HCL will use Bluemix, IBM's Cloud platform to build applications and solutions in the areas of Unified Service Management and Internet of Things (IoT). The Unified Service Management offering will help clients manage the most demanding and complex service delivery environments. The IoT solutions will enable clients to collect and exchange data from a network of physical objects embedded with electronics, software, sensors, and connectivity.

                                                                          IBM Announces developerWorks Premium to Accelerate Speed and Efficiency of Deploying Cloud Projects
                                                                          IBM, November 12th, 2015
                                                                          IBM has launched developerWorks Premium, a subscription model of its developerWorks community, to provide developers with exclusive, member-only curated tools and resources for IBM Cloud. With developerWorks Premium, developers now have an all-access pass to cloud-based IBM offerings and services that will help them rapidly prototype, develop and deploy cloud projects.

                                                                          Evans Data Corporation's recent Global Development and Demographic Study reveals that five million developers worldwide are using the cloud as a development platform. Cloud represents a sea change in the way that developers work; it increases productivity and decreases cost, while providing a new level of flexibility that encourages innovation anywhere, at anytime.

                                                                          Fujitsu News
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                                                                          Fujitsu and VMware Expand Global Collaboration in the Cloud
                                                                          Fujitsu, November 9th, 2015
                                                                          Fujitsu Limited and VMware (NYSE: VMW) announced new areas of collaboration to empower customers with flexible and secure cloud technologies.

                                                                          Enterprises use hybrid cloud services to help optimize existing system assets, as well as to quickly and securely provide business services. In response to such needs, Fujitsu and VMware work together to support their mutual customers around the world.

                                                                          Now, as part of the companies' expanded collaboration, Fujitsu and VMware have agreed to establish project teams to conduct marketing and sales support activities for the global expansion of FUJITSU Cloud Service K5, a core component of FUJITSU Digital Business Platform MetaArc, based on Fujitsu's most advanced technologies, and FUJITSU Managed Infrastructure Service Virtual Desktop Service V-DaaS, based on VMware Horizon. Both companies plan to collaborate to expand V-DaaS globally, starting in the ASEAN region.

                                                                          Fujitsu Delivers Business-Centric Computing Solutions for Point of Sale, Medical Practices, and Small Data Centers
                                                                          Fujitsu, November 12th, 2015
                                                                          Fujitsu delivers Business-Centric Data Center solutions that address business needs faced everyday by big data centers but also by millions of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and branch offices worldwide. Three refreshed members of the FUJITSU Server PRIMERGY family of industry-standard systems are part of a complementary ICT architecture that SMEs can use to run their business - whether in the data center, back office of a busy medical practice, or in the showroom. New DDR4 memory technology enables even more computing power and reduced energy consumption.
                                                                          VMware News
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                                                                          Fujitsu and VMware Expand Global Collaboration in the Cloud
                                                                          VMware, November 9th, 2015
                                                                          Fujitsu Limited and VMware announced new areas of collaboration to empower customers with flexible and secure cloud technologies.

                                                                          Enterprises use hybrid cloud services to help optimize existing system assets, as well as to quickly and securely provide business services. In response to such needs, Fujitsu and VMware work together to support their mutual customers around the world.

                                                                          Now, as part of the companies' expanded collaboration, Fujitsu and VMware have agreed to establish project teams to conduct marketing and sales support activities for the global expansion of FUJITSU Cloud Service K5, a core component of FUJITSU Digital Business Platform MetaArc, based on Fujitsu's most advanced technologies, and FUJITSU Managed Infrastructure Service Virtual Desktop Service V-DaaS, based on VMware Horizon. Both companies plan to collaborate to expand V-DaaS globally, starting in the ASEAN region.

                                                                          VMware 2015 State of Business Mobility Report Finds Mobility Investments Drive Infrastructure, App and Process Changes
                                                                          VMware, November 11th, 2015
                                                                          VMware released the VMware 2015 State of Business Mobility Report, a global survey of business decision makers and IT practitioners that examines the worldwide progress in transitioning from the client-server era to the mobile-cloud era. The report concluded that companies are beginning the business mobility transformation, shifting at least one core business process to the mobile paradigm. To support this shift, the organizations surveyed said they are upgrading infrastructure, introducing customer-facing mobile apps and reprocessing mission-critical applications for mobile employees...
                                                                          Red Hat News
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                                                                          90 Percent of Respondents to Red Hat Survey Plan to Increase Mobile App Development Investments in 2016
                                                                          Red Hat, November 12th, 2015
                                                                          Red Hat, Inc., the world's leading provider of open source solutions, announced results from a recent mobile maturity survey, which revealed that 90 percent of respondents anticipate increasing investment in mobile application development within the next 12 months. The 2015 Red Hat mobile maturity survey also finds that these same respondents predict their organization's investment for mobile application development increasing at an average growth rate of 24 percent during the same period.
                                                                          Red Hat Bridges Business Demands and IT Delivery with New Application Platform and Linux Container Offerings
                                                                          OpenShift Enterprise 3.1 and Red Hat Atomic Enterprise Platform provide a comprehensive, modular solution for developing, delivering and managing container-based applications across the open hybrid cloud
                                                                          Red Hat unveiled key enhancements to its comprehensive portfolio for developing and deploying enterprise-ready applications using Linux containers, OpenShift and Atomic. As more enterprises look to adopt container-based architectures for application workloads, Red Hat's enhanced offerings enable the use of Docker-formatted Linux containers to create microservices-based applications and modernize traditional workloads - all benefiting from security features of a consistent foundation based on Red Hat Enterprise Linux.
                                                                          Friday Five November 13, 2015
                                                                          Red Hat, November 13th, 2015
                                                                          The Friday Five is a weekly Red Hat blog post with 5 of the week's top news items and ideas from or about Red Hat and the technology industry. Consider it your weekly digest of things that caught Sed Hat's eye.

                                                                          • The New Stack - Red Hat OpenShift 3.1 Opens the Door for Both .NET and JBoss Middleware
                                                                          • Red Hat - Secure Foundations for Today and Tomorrow - November 18
                                                                          • Red Hat - The value of a Red Hat subscription
                                                                          • Forbes - First, Microsoft Loves Linux - Now, Microsoft Loves Red Hat
                                                                          • CXOtoday - Digital Leadership In The C-Suite, Are You Ready?

                                                                          Read on for details.

                                                                          Level3 News
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                                                                          Level 3 Launches Global Media Partners Program
                                                                          New Collaborations Provide Improved Broadcast Coverage around the World
                                                                          Media companies have a growing need to provide content to audiences worldwide, spurring Level 3 Communications to launch the Global Media Partners Program (GMPP). GMPP is a collaboration comprised of production facilities, teleports and media hubs connected to Level 3's Vyvx broadcast network - enabling customers such as film production companies, national news organizations and television production companies to produce and transmit their video content all over the world...
                                                                            Level 3 Named Best Latin American Wholesale Carrier at Global Carrier Awards 2015
                                                                            Level 3, November 12th, 2015
                                                                            Level 3 Communications, Inc. won the award for Best Latin American Wholesale Carrier at Capacity Magazine's Global Carrier Awards 2015 in Paris on November 3, 2015.

                                                                            Level 3 earned the honor for the launch of its new subsea cable, which helps increase connectivity between the region and parts of Central America. The new route provides enhanced connectivity and route diversity both into and throughout Latin America transmitting data and mobile communications more quickly to many key cities throughout the Americas, Asia and Europe.

                                                                              EMC News
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                                                                              EMC Announces Major Data Lake Advancements: New Isilon Offerings Span Edge, Core and Cloud
                                                                              EMC, November 10th, 2015
                                                                              EMC announced the next generation of its EMC Isilon Scale-out NAS Data Lake, which includes new products, features and capabilities that allow enterprises to scale easily to edge locations as well as to public clouds. The new products, - IsilonSD Edge, the next generation of Isilon OneFS and Isilon CloudPools - enhance the Data Lake by allowing unstructured data to be available not only within the core data center, but also at data center edge locations such as remote offices and archived in the cloud. Designed to offer a more efficient Data Lake, the new Isilon solutions consolidate multiple workloads and allow users to access and analyze data from all locations.
                                                                              EMC Appoints Nina Hargus as Chief Marketing Officer
                                                                              EMC, November 9th, 2015
                                                                              EMC Corporation announced that Nina Hargus has been appointed Chief Marketing Officer of EMC Information Infrastructure, effective immediately. She will be responsible for the global structure, strategy, and execution of all aspects of EMC Information Infrastructure's marketing efforts, reporting to Jeremy Burton. Burton has been serving as interim CMO since June 2015, and will continue in his role as President of Products and Marketing of EMC Information Infrastructure.

                                                                              Hargus has held the position of CMO at VCE for the last three years and, as the head of the VCE marketing team, will continue to play an integral role in the VCE business driving thought leadership, growth and market leadership.

                                                                              HP News
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                                                                              HP Combines Power and Style as it Unleashes World's First Quad Core Workstation Ultrabook
                                                                              HP, November 11th, 2015
                                                                              HP Inc. re-asserted its workstation market and innovation leadership with the introduction of the HP ZBook Studio, the world's first quad core workstation Ultrabook. The 15.6-inch diagonal HP ZBook Studio, a meticulously-designed performance machine for professionals on-the-go, revolutionizes the design language of mobile workstations - becoming HP's thinnest and lightest full performance model ever brought to the market.

                                                                              The ZBook Studio represents the expertise developed over the past 30 years of HP workstation engineering excellence, HP Z DNA, and the extensive testing that went into the development of the system.

                                                                              Industry Leading Innovations for Desktop Workstation Storage and Cooling
                                                                              HP, November 11th, 2015
                                                                              HP Inc. extended its innovation prowess for workstations by announcing a storage solution that is 16 times faster than a SATA SSD at a similar cost and a revolutionary heat-transfer solution to reduce system noise for its powerful HP Z Workstations .

                                                                              'As the workstation industry leader, HP Inc. looks to take its commitment to the professional a step further with every new product and innovation,' said Jim Zafarana, vice president and general manager, Workstations and Thin Clients, HP Inc. 'HP Workstations' engineering DNA is our special sauce - driven by over three decades in the business and a true understanding of our customers' needs that helps them solve business problems our competition isn't addressing to the same extent.'

                                                                              World's First Thin Client With Native Quad UHD/4K Support
                                                                              HP, November 10th, 2015
                                                                              HP t730 delivers landmark performance for today's most demanding and content-rich virtualized applications

                                                                              HP Inc. announced the world's first thin client with native quad UHD/4K display support for breakthrough graphics performance. The HP T730 Thin Client is equipped with next-generation quad-core AMD processing power.

                                                                              The new performance leader in the HP Thin Client lineup empowers businesses to work in the content-hungry environment they want, without add-ons, extras or options. The HP t730 excels in this emerging market for customers in high-performance sectors, like financial services, oil/gas, digital media, and engineering, with an easy and secure solution to drive their heavy content needs.

                                                                              Brocade News
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                                                                              Pete Peterson Joins Brocade To Develop World-Class Channel Sales Program
                                                                              Brocade, November 9th, 2015
                                                                              Brocade announced that industry sales veteran Pete Peterson has joined the company as vice president of Worldwide Channel Sales to manage its go-to-market ecosystem of channel and distribution partners.

                                                                              "The emergence of cloud services and software-based, virtualized, New IP networking solutions fundamentally changes how organizations procure technology and services," said Jeff Lindholm, senior vice president of Worldwide Sales at Brocade. "Successful companies in our space recognize the increasingly critical role that channel partners play in helping customers realize the benefits of these next-generation networking solutions that support strategic business imperatives. We're excited to have someone of Pete's caliber join Brocade to build out our world-class channel sales program."

                                                                              Brocade Extends Technology Leadership With Two Industry Luminaries
                                                                              Brocade, November 11th, 2015
                                                                              Brocade announced the appointment of Hadi Nahari as vice president and security chief technology officer (CTO) and the promotion of David Meyer to Brocade Fellow. These two appointments will help Brocade extend its vision in key technology areas such as security and machine learning.

                                                                              "Hadi Nahari and Dave Meyer are shining examples of Brocade attracting the best technologists in the industry," said Ken Cheng, CTO and senior vice president of Corporate Development and Emerging Business at Brocade.

                                                                              Comcast News
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                                                                              Comcast Business Extends Fiber-Based Network to Modesto Business Park
                                                                              Comcast Business, November 10th, 2015
                                                                              Comcast Busines announced an extension of its advanced fiber network to the Modesto Business Park, located northwest of the intersection of McHenry Avenue and Pelandale Avenue. The extension is designed to help improve productivity and enhance business performance for the growing base of small businesses and organizations in the Modesto community that require more capacity to meet their connectivity needs. Comcast installed more than four miles of fiber, both underground and aerial, to the business community.

                                                                              The high-performance fiber-based network will provide businesses with Ethernet capacity up to 10 Gbps.

                                                                              Hitachi News
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                                                                              Hitachi Data Systems Expands All-Flash Array Options
                                                                              eWeek, November 10th, 2015
                                                                              Hitachi expands its lineup of all-flash and hybrid flash arrays, performance optimization software and data analytics products.

                                                                              Chris Preimesberger writes in eWeek, "Like people, some companies move slower and perhaps more intentionally than others. Hitachi Data Systems is certainly one of those companies in the data storage industry.

                                                                              For example, Hitachi launched its cloud storage services platform in May 2013, seven full years after Amazon launched its Simple Storage Service (S3) in 2006. It wanted to make sure it got it right. HDS then ventured out with its own software-defined storage in April 2015, three years after VMware acquired Nicira (already known for "software-defined networking") for $1 billion in 2012 and put the term "SDN" on the map using the Nicira IP. Just another option for HDS customers."

                                                                              Virtual Storage Platform (VSP) G series of Hitachi storage systems
                                                                              Hitachi, November 10th, 2015
                                                                              A software-defined infrastructure is vital to businesses that need the integration, automation and simplicity required to run and grow, quickly and efficiently. The Virtual Storage Platform (VSP) G series of Hitachi storage systems lets you deliver maximum agility in your infrastructure, while eliminating complexity.

                                                                              Every flash-accelerated VSP system is designed for maximum performance, resiliency and storage virtualization so you can simplify operations by consolidating all of your storage under a single software-defined infrastructure.

                                                                              Windstream News
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                                                                              Windstream Announces Westward Network Expansion with diverse 500G routes from Denver
                                                                              Windstream, November 10th, 2015
                                                                              Windstream, a leading provider of advanced network communications, has announced its latest network expansion with the introduction of diverse Carrier routes from Denver to Chicago and Dallas. Through Windstream's partnership with Infinera, provider of Infinera Intelligent Transport Network, the new routes leverage the Infinera DTN-X platform, part of the Infinera DTN-X family of next-generation terabit-class transport network platforms and provides Carrier customers with the ability to order 100G Waves to the markets. The routes mark another milestone in Windstream's aggressive 2015 network expansion strategy..."
                                                                                F5 News
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                                                                                F5 CEO Talks Channel Sales Initiative And Entering Hyper-Converged Market
                                                                                CRN, November 9th, 2015
                                                                                Mark Haranas writes in CRN, "F5 Networks is striving to expand into new markets such as security and the service-provider space after it reached record annual revenues of nearly $2 billion for fiscal year 2015, which ended Sept. 30. In order to be successful, CEO Manny Rivelo says, F5 needs to drive channel programs, onboard new partners and create a new sales initiative for solution providers.

                                                                                The Seattle-based application delivery controllers' leader is also driving expansion into new markets through strategic technology partnerships with the likes of hyper-converged infrastructure market leaders Nutanix and SimpliVity as well as security specialist FireEye.

                                                                                Rivelo talked to CRN about entering the hyper-converged market, when its partnership with FireEye will materialize, and how F5 is changing its channel sales strategy to better drive partner profitability..."

                                                                                Netapp News
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                                                                                Telecom Leader Tiscali Innovates with Data Fabric
                                                                                NetApp, November 9th, 2015
                                                                                NetApp blogs, "When Italy deregulated its telecom industry, the market exploded with service providers fighting to be the company of choice.

                                                                                By 2005, this market volatility caused Tiscali, Italy's only independent telecommunications provider, to reevaluate its strategy of providing consumer utilities in 14 European countries. The company decided to reprioritize innovation, focus on its Italian customer base, and break into the business-to-business (B2B) market with enterprise cloud services..."

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